RPI Jumps to Big Lead, Downs Herons for Liberty Crown

No. 1 seed Rensselaer jumped out to an 8-0 and hung on from there to defeat third-seeded William Smith 16-7 in a Liberty League Championship game played today in Troy, N.Y.

The Herons finished the 2012 season with a 9-9 overall record. The Engineers are now 16-1 overall. It was the first ever Liberty League Championship for RPI.

Senior Rosie Schiebel led William Smith with three goals. Senior Lucy Johnson chipped in two goals, a game-high six draw controls and a team-high four ground balls. She is now tied for eighth in William Smith history with 145 career goals and tied for eighth in program history with 166 career ground balls.

Johnson also set a new Heron record with 72 draw controls this season. Senior Callie Frelinghuysen produced two goals and first-year Megan Robson earned an assist. Sophomore Maggie McNair played 55:22 in goal and made two saves. Sophomore Rachel Fippinger came in for 4:38.

Meg Colitz led Rensselear with three goals and two assists. She also shared a team-high with four ground balls. Marissa Page added three goals. Madeline Sisson and Shannon Maguire each chipped in two goals. Maguire won a team-high with five draws. Lydia Wolter notched two goals and an assist, and Rachel Scofield logged a goal and an assist. Allie Arnal played all 60 minutes in goal and stopped 13 shots.

RPI started the game taking an 8-0 lead. Page scored twice in the run. Coliz logged two goals and an assist, and Wolter capped the run with two goals on free position attempts. Johnson put William Smith on the scoreboard with 8:53 left in the first half. The Engineers stretched their lead to 10-1 after goals by Scofield and Maguire. Frelinghuysen recorded an unassisted tally with 6:10 on the clock, but Powell capitalized on a free position with 48 seconds left in the opening half to give the Engineers a 11-2 lead at the break.

Page put RPI up 12-2 3:37 seconds into the second half. The Herons answered with a 4-0 run. Johnson started things at 8:33 and Scheibel followed with three straight goals to cut the William Smith deficit to six. Scheibel finished the season with a team-high 45 goals and 58 points.

Coliz found the back of the net for the third time in the game for RPI. Sisson and Maguire took advantage of free position attempts to stretch the Engineers' lead to 15-6. Frelinghuysen scored her second of the game and 17th of the season with 6:24 remaining, but Bridget Curtin sent home a shot with 2:27 left in the game for the final.

The Herons held a 23-21 lead in shots. The Engineers enjoyed a 14-11 lead in draws. William Smith was successful on 7 of 10 clear attempts. RPI finished 17 for 19.


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